Jolie Brise visits the West Country

On Sunday 22 May, Jolie Brise created quite a stir when she sailed into Teignmouth for the first time in 90 years. She last made an appearance here in 1926 after winning the first ever Fastnet race the previous year.

As you can see from the film clip below a flotilla of boats greeted Jolie Brise as she sailed into port. On board, the crew made up of Old Dauntseians and associate members of the School's sailing club enjoyed the spectacle and amazing welcome from the Teignmouth community. Later that evening they attended a reception at the new JD Wetherspoon pub named in Jolie Brise's honour and met family members of the crews that sailed on Jolie Brise in the 1920s.

On Monday, Clare McComb, historian and relative of former owner of Jolie Brise, EG Martin presented a history of JB’s early years at the Teign Heritage Museum. Current skipper,Toby Marris followed up with a more recent history covering the years since 1977 when her association with Dauntsey’s School began. In the afternoon, several families were able to visit Jolie Brise and spend time exploring the deck and talking to the current crew.

Tuesday 24 May - Jolie Brise is now heading towards Plymouth before joining a fleet of Pilot Cutters in Fowey Harbour to race to St Mawes in the St Mawes Pilot Cutter World Championships.

Summer Programme 2016

Later this summer, Jolie Brise will compete in the Tall Ships Races as part of her 2016 summer sailing programme. Racing with the Tall Ships fleet, she will leave Antwerp at the beginning of July, heading south across the Bay of Biscay down the Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal to Lisbon. At Lisbon she will take part in the World Famous Parade of Sail out of the River Tagus and race again to Cadiz in Spain where she will take part in all the Tall Ships festivities.

In August, she will spend time ‘Cruising in Company’ with the Tall Ships Fleet, visiting La Coruna, before sailing across the Bay of Biscay and along the South Coast of England to Dartmouth for the Royal Regatta week. She will race again with the Tall Ships from Dartmouth to Portsmouth, followed by a cruise around the Channel Islands and France, ending the summer season in Weymouth for the Water Festival in the first week of September.

Dauntsey’s is the only school in the country to have its own Tall Ship, the famous Jolie Brise. Read more here - All hand on deck, In Focus Winter 2015 (pdf)

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